Series: Elemental Assassin, #11
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Pocket Books on July 22, 2014
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Reviewed by: Kristina
Gin Blanco is hard-nosed, sexy, and lethal. Nicknamed “The Spider,” she’s a stone elemental assassin who brings her unique mix of magic and tact to every assignment, no matter the target.
There’s a new drug on the streets of Ashland, and its name “Burn” sums up the potent effect it has on its users. When one of her restaurant employees is threatened by dealers of the drug, Gin steps in to set things straight...
Sometimes a book series can go stale, especially after a huge story arc ends and the characters are left with not much to do. Luckily POISON PROMISE shows that the Elemental Assassin series is still going strong after eleven books. When the story starts Gin is given only a small break from fighting a big bad or being beaten to near death which I've come to expect to happen at least once in each book. Sure she has to fight off the occasional small time crook trying to make a name for himself but these fights are pretty easy for a highly deadly assassin. Eventually the plot goes down the rabbit hole of awesomeness with excellent elemental fights and Gin pushing herself to the limit both physically and mentally to bring down a drug ring that leads to a big reveal and consequences for Gin.
POISON PROMISE shows off Gin's heart and dedication to protecting those close to her as she becomes embroiled in a conflict with a new street drug simply because she heard one of her employees being hassled by a few drug dealers and decided to intervene. Her ability to handle so much pain and yet keep on going to help those she loves is what I love about her. I also enjoy the tiny flashbacks of a young Gin living on the streets which are wonderful treats and demonstrate how Gin became who she is today. I also liked that in POISON PROMISE that her friends and family are able to come to her aid and prove that they are just as loyal to Gin as she is to them.
As I've come to expect the final fight is epic and awesome and lets Gin really show off her stone and ice powers to spectacular results. Naturally POISON PROMISE is merely the start of a brand new story arc as we are introduced to a new big bad. I for one am very excited to see what is in store for Gin and her friends in the next book, BLACK WIDOW coming out November 25, 2014.
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